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    Post  max steel Thu Jul 21, 2016 1:56 pm

    General Dynamics to Build Next-Gen Navy Fuel Tankers


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    Post  max steel Wed Jul 27, 2016 11:19 pm

    LCS Missile Shoot Is ‘Successful’ — But a Miss

    For the first time, a littoral combat ship (LCS) has successfully launched a Harpoon surface-to-surface missile — but the missile failed to hit its target.

    The LCS Coronado launched a Harpoon Block IC missile from a canister installed on its forward deck late Tuesday afternoon during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercises near Hawaii. The target, the decommissioned frigate Crommelin, was about 20 nautical miles away.

    “The missile left the ship as planned in the engagement plan,” Cmdr. Scott Larson, commanding officer of the Coronado, said Wednesday during a phone interview while still at sea. “We saw visually a booster separation, and it looked as though the missile was on the correct bearing. We lost radar track as the missile moved down range.”

    “The data is still being analyzed to determine what the missile profile looked like,” Larson added. “Indications are it was a negative impact. But it was successful in validating our ability to deploy that missile off the ship and not damage the ship.”

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    Lockheed demonstrates LRASM's surface launch capability

    Lockheed Martin has successfully conducted a controlled flight test of the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile, or LRASM, at the Point Mugu Sea Range in California, the company announced Thursday.

    It was the third successful surface-launched LRASM test, proving the missile's ability to load mission data using the modified Tactical Tomahawk Weapon Control System, Lockheed said in a statement.

    It also showed the system's ability to align mission data with the moving ship and launch from the MK 41 Vertical Launch System.

    The LRASM exited the vertical launched during the test, cleanly separated from its Mk-114 booster and transitioned to cruise phase.

    It flew a pre-planned, low-altitude profile, collecting aerodynamics agility data while en route to its pre-determined endpoint.

    This demonstration from a moving ship in an at-sea environment was a crucial step in proving the maturity of the surface-launch variant, Lockheed said.

    LRASM is a precision-guided anti-ship missile that is designed to meet the needs of the Navy and Air Force in an anti-access/area-denial threat environment.


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    Post  max steel Thu Jul 28, 2016 1:25 am

    Militarov wrote:
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    Well normally over sea they would fly from supply ships to forward deployed forces so they will rarely require aerial support...

    So landing troops in forward areas don't require attack helo support... are they really that fast?  Razz

    Flying from supply ship to landing ships near shore, those would provide further payload deployment and support, they wouldnt fly supply missions ashore with these probably unless its safe. But where their speed would count, above sea they will be safe most of the time.

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    Post  Isos Sat Oct 01, 2016 7:04 pm



    22 Hellfire missile (8kg warhead) to destroy an Oliver Hazard Perry frigate ... Don't need a lot to sink them. I was suggesting a good idea with my small anti ship missile sub lunched in massive salvos by SSK.
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    Post  GarryB Sun Oct 02, 2016 9:46 am

    First of all I would say any frigate that actually defended itself would not be so easy to sink.

    Second of all 22 x 8kgs distributed to 22 different locations and applied one after the other would act like a cluster bomb in terms of damage and would likely promote fires on board that would accelerate the ship sinking.

    22 x 8 is about 175kg which is similar to the weight of explosive on your average light antiship missile... I think off the top of my head the Kh-335 has 145kg HE warhead but delivering it to one impact point and exploding it all at once does not make it more destructive than placing in different places in 8kg lots.

    Remember blowing up a building you use lots of small charges in specific places to destroy the integrity of the structure... in comparison to bring the building down in one explosion you need a much bigger bomb and risk a large part of the structure remaining standing.

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    Post  Werewolf Sun Oct 02, 2016 10:14 am

    The point here is a atgm with only 8km range vs a ship with dozens of means to be defensive and offensive. No chance to even damage the ship with hellfires. Your helo would be detected from many miles and intercepted with Sam's.
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    Post  VladimirSahin Sun Oct 02, 2016 4:16 pm

    22 hellfires would be dealt with very quickly and efficiently. Long range anti ship missiles need to be fired in volleys to be effective against one ship, and those are dedicated missiles.
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    Post  GarryB Mon Oct 03, 2016 1:57 am

    Of course if the missile was HERMES and had a 30kg warhead and a 20km range then for very small ships with a 57mm gun or smaller and MANPADS for self defence then a helo like a Ka-52k would actually be rather dangerous... more so if you had a few Kh-25s carried too.

    the problem for the helo is that such small ships rarely operate alone and with larger ships with heavier SAMs the problem becomes rather more complicated.

    For a western sub even carrying dozens of small short range missiles like a super hellfire the act of launching the missiles will reveal your general location and even small Russian Corvettes have a UKSK launcher which can carry a mach 2.5 rocket do deliver a torpedo into the water up to 50km from the vessel.

    I would say on most normal missions a corvette would not carry a land attack missile so the 8 tubes would likely have anti sub and anti ship missiles... so when a US sub launches a dozen or so super hellfires the corvette being attacked can lob one or two anti sub missiles to where the missiles first appeared...

    A good example of such a missile might be the British Sea Skua which was carried by helos and used successfully in the Falklands war.

    Air defences have improved since that time however.
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    Post  KiloGolf Sun Dec 11, 2016 11:49 pm

    This American Warship Shot Down MiGs and Pranked the Soviets
    USS ‘Biddle’ fought the Cold War with ferocity

    by STEVE WEINTZ
    This article was originally published on April 13, 2015.

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    During the Cold War, many lesser-known confrontations occurred at sea away from the headlines and major crises. This was certainly true for the crew of the U.S. Navy’s Belknap-class guided-missile cruiser USS Biddle.

    The warship sailed into the thick of the Vietnam War and came face-to-face with the Soviet Navy. During the 1970s, Biddle shot down North Vietnamese MiGs and even sneaked up on a Soviet refueling ship. Provocative, fierce and gutsy, the ship’s crew kept alive the fighting spirit of their ship’s namesake — a hard-charging captain from the American Revolutionary War.

    Biddle launched on July 2, 1965 at Bath Iron Works, Maine. She was the fourth ship to bear the name of Capt. Nicholas Biddle of the Continental Navy. The colonial-era captain and Philadalelphian went to sea at age 13 in 1763. By the time he joined the independence movement at age 25, Biddle had already served in the Royal Navy, survived a shipwreck and joined young Horatio Nelson on an Arctic expedition.

    Biddle later became dedicated to the Patriot cause. In 1775, the Continental Congress issued him a captain’s commission, and he proved himself up to it. The next year, his brig Andrea Doria seized two British transports off Newfoundland. In the winter of 1777, while in command of the 32-gun frigate Randolph, Biddle seized four ships full of war supplies off South Carolina.

    He put down a rebellion of deserting sailors by aiming a loaded pistol at the ringleader. In 1778, he ran the British blockade. And later that year, Randolph engaged HMS Yarmouth — a warship with twice her firepower — east of Charleston. The ships exchanged several broadsides before Randolph’s powder magazines exploded. Seriously wounded, Biddle went down with his ship.

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    The night of the MiGs

    One hundred ninety-four years later, the cruiser USS Biddle — call-sign “Hard Charger” — kept station in the Gulf of Tonkin east of Vietnam. From a buoy 200 miles north of Yankee Station, the cruiser guided air strikes, watched for hostiles headed out to sea and conducted search-and-rescue operations.
    On the night of July 19, 1972, Biddle’s duty watch officers monitored an American combat air patrol escorting two damaged A-6 Intruders on their way back from a mission. Suddenly, five incoming MiGs popped up on the ship’s radar.

    The crew wasn’t immediately alarmed. North Vietnamese fighters had taken runs at American warships before, and they almost always turned back before heading out to sea. This time was different.

    With the MiGs just minutes away and inbound at 500 knots, Biddle’screw scrambled to their battle stations. Fire-control systems locked onto the approaching aircraft while the ship readied her Terrier missiles. Biddle increased speed to 25 knots and began evasive maneuvers. The warship fired her missiles, which lit up the deck with a blazing glow as they streaked toward their targets. The radar confirmed one MiG destroyed. Two others turned tail and ran.

    But the two remaining MiGs — aligned one behind the other — kept coming. The warship pounded away at the incoming jets with her three- and five-inch guns while the missile systems locked on and fired. One MiG crashed, and the other bolted for home. The ship was safe, but it wasn’t clear if her guns or missiles shot down the enemy plane. If the guns did it, then the Biddle scored the last manually-operated gun kill by a ship on an aircraft in the U.S. Navy’s history.

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    Prank the Soviets

    But war is more than terror and shock — it’s also stupid, boring and funny. The Biddle’s crew found room in the strange goings-on of the Cold War to play a practical joke. During a Mediterranean cruise vaguely dated to the 1970s, Biddle received orders for a “special assignment” — to shadow a Soviet naval task force — in the Black Sea.

    The Biddle quietly steamed into the Black Sea where she stalked and found the Soviet ships strung out in a long line, according to an account from the USS Biddle Association. A support ship refueled the Soviet vessels from a long stern-mounted hose. Biddle’s skipper guessed that the Soviet crews were too preoccupied with navigation and refueling to notice one more vessel in their midst.

    He ordered his ship to steer into the refueling line. When his ship’s turn came, the American captain had a Russian-speaking crewman talk to the refueling ship. “How much do you need?” came the query. “Just a token amount,” replied the sailor. “What ship are you?” the Soviet crewman asked on final approach. The American sailor replied in perfect Russian, “United States battle cruiser Biddle.”

    “The radio went silent — then all Hell broke loose,” wrote Richard Outland, a hull technician on board Biddle. “Gongs, whistles, lights all seemed to go off at once on board the Russkie ships, as they scattered in every direction away from us.” The captains of the American cruiser and the Soviet oiler exchanged pleasantries — and the ships separated in the night — with the Americans feeling a rush.

    Biddle served until the end of the Cold War and took part in operations off Libya and in the Persian Gulf. But her time — and reason for being — ended with the collapse of the Soviet Union.
    The Navy decommissioned Biddle in 1993 and scrapped her in 2001. But the ship’s crew kept something in common with Biddle the captain. He had “the primary qualification of a good naval officer — an indomitable will,” Willis John Abbot wrote in The Naval History of the United States.

    https://warisboring.com/this-american-warship-shot-down-migs-and-pranked-the-soviets-45a9eb5f5b95#.6q4dvyu03
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    Post  GarryB Mon Dec 12, 2016 8:54 am

    Yeah... the US Navy has been trying to be funny for years... like this:

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    Post  George1 Thu Jan 05, 2017 5:08 pm

    The latest DDG-51 Arleigh Burke-class Aegis missile system destroyer Rafael Peralta has passed its acceptance tests and is now about to join the operational fleet of the US Navy, defense contractor General Dynamics said in a press release.

    he US Navy will take delivery of the destroyer in February and the ship will depart Bath later this spring. She joins the other 34 active Bath-built DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-class warships in active service, the release stated on Wednesday.
    Read more: https://sputniknews.com/military/201701051049276497-peralts-completes-tests/
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    Post  JohninMK Thu Jan 12, 2017 1:26 am

    The US Navy is altering course to expand the capability set of the "Sea Hunter," a submarine-specialist vessel, to include broader lethal weapon attachments and a set of tools to initiate electronic attacks.

    "Right now, the sky’s the limit," Sea Hunter project manager Capt. Jon Rucker said at the Surface Naval Association in Arlington, Virginia on Tuesday. But the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) wants to give the submarine-hunting drone ship a "mission portfolio" makeover.

    The Sea Hunter checks in at 132-feet long, 135 tons, has a range of 10,000 miles and was designed to weather waves of up to 13 feet. What DARPA thinks make the Sea Hunter unique, however, are sophisticated sensors which can locate virtually silent enemy submarines. Retrieving the underwater GPS coordinates of stealthy diesel-electric submarines in busy waterways is akin to "trying to identify the sound of a single car engine in the din of a major city," Rear Adm. Frank Drennan, a senior anti-submarine warfare official said Tuesday.

    The Sea Hunter belongs to the Pentagon’s "anti-submarine warfare continuous trail unmanned vessel" (ACTUV), where the agency intended to design a partially-autonomous ship to navigate naval theaters globally. DARPA hopes to have the Sea Hunter traveling autonomously for 90 days.

    In April 2016 the Navy celebrated the Sea Hunter’s first test firing of a payload. By monitoring the position and movement of foreign-deployed submarines over long time frames, the goal, Rucker said, is to stop enemy submarines from lurking in strategically vital areas, perhaps the Strait of Hormuz or South China Sea.

    One existing Pentagon doctrine requires a human-centric command and control center to authorize lethal force, which could potentially complicate DARPA’s quest to achieve increased self-governing transport and autonomous deadly-fire capability.


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    Post  George1 Thu Jan 19, 2017 2:53 pm

    Navy, GD Hit Crossroads in Destroyer Negotiations

    WASHINGTON — The US Navy has or is building 75 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, considered among the most powerful surface ships ever fielded. The service is banking that the 76th ship — probably — is even more effective, incorporating a powerful new radar designed to deal with the threat from enemy ballistic missiles. The Navy is likely to spend more than $50 billion over the next decade to build 22 of the new ships, according to a government report.

    But negotiations to build the version of the Arleigh Burke, dubbed Flight III, are proving tough. The Navy wants its preferred builder, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (BIW), to agree to a fixed-price contract – a standard tactic to hold down cost growth and, along the way, please Congressional critics. The shipyard, which built the original Arleigh Burke in the late 1980s and remains the lead yard for the program, contends there are too many changes in the design to accurately predict the costs. And the Navy, turning the negotiating screws, is considering switching the ship to rival Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) – a move sure to displease Maine’s powerful Congressional delegation.

    Complicating the picture is the situation at Bath’s Maine shipyard, where virtually every ship is behind schedule due to delays in the three-ship Zumwalt-class destroyer program and a series of management decisions on dealing with the delays. The shipyard picture is improving, company officials say, after reaching a nadir in 2015 when a disgruntled workforce chaffed under yard president Fred Harris’ handling of contract negotiations. A new labor agreement eventually was reached, but Bath’s shipbuilding schedule woes continued, and hopes for the future received a major blow in September when the company lost out on a construction program worth up to $2.4 billion as the US Coast Guard picked a Florida shipyard with no experience building ships for the government over the Maine shipbuilders.

    The combination proved lethal to Harris’ career, and his retirement was announced in November. He’s been replaced by Dirk Lesko, formerly the company’s head of surface combatants.

    In contrast to Bath, rival Ingalls Shipbuilding in Mississippi has multiple shipbuilding projects well in hand. Both yards build Arleigh Burke destroyers, with Ingalls building all the Navy’s amphibious ships and large National Security Cutters for the Coast Guard. By many accounts, the Pascagoula shipbuilder has overcome most of the many problems from recent years, including poor workmanship, bad management decisions and, perhaps most famously, the devastation suffered in 2005 from Hurricane Katrina and the efforts under previous owners Northrop Grumman to get the Navy to pay for much of the repairs. Recently, Ingalls has been starting a new destroyer every nine months.

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    Post  max steel Thu Feb 23, 2017 2:58 pm

    The Deadly Danger of Trump’s Naval Buildup


    The Navy could soon see a shipbuilding boom. But workers are dying and the contracts keep coming.
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    Post  JohninMK Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:59 pm

    29 March, 2017 SOURCE: Flightglobal.com BY: Stephen Trimble Washington DC

    A new torpedo upgrade that will fundamentally change the way US Navy airmen hunt submarines is on track to seek approval to begin low-rate initial production later this year, Boeing and Navy officials say on 28 March.

    The Lockheed Martin High Altitude Anti-submarine warfare Weapon Capability (HAAWC) is in the midst of safe separation tests from the Boeing P-8A Poseidon. A guided flight test is planned in late Fiscal 2017, allowing the programme potentially to order 140 high-altitude torpedoes total over the first two lots.

    Following operational testing scheduled for completion by FY 2020, HAAWC also will be available to the P-8 fleet’s foreign customers, which currently include Australia, India and the UK, says Capt Tony Rossi, programme manager for Maritime Patrol and Reconnsassance Aircraft.

    The HAAWC integrates an air-launched accessory (ALA) kit with a GPS guidance system and folding wings onto a standard Mk54 torpedo. Boeing describes the HAAWC release ceiling as “up to 30,000ft”, but the precise maximum altitude is under discussion and could be higher.

    The capability potentially transforms a typically low-altitude anti-submarine warfare (ASW) mission, as practiced for decades by Lockheed P-3C Orion crews, who are required to skim the wave tops at 100ft to release torpedoes.


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    Post  OminousSpudd Wed Mar 29, 2017 10:56 pm

    max steel wrote:The Deadly Danger of Trump’s Naval Buildup


    The Navy could soon see a shipbuilding boom. But workers are dying and the contracts keep coming.

    Really? Shipbuilding is dangerous work. Rapid ship-building I imagine is even more dangerous work. "But workers keep dying?" Come on, that's just disparaging.
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    Post  JohninMK Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:16 pm

    Its articles like this that bring home just how large the US military is, 58 P-8A in service and 11 on order.

    04 April, 2017 SOURCE: Flightglobal.com BY: Greg Waldron Singapore

    Boeing has secured a $2.2 billion contract covering 17 P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft destined for the US Navy, plus export customers Australia and the UK. Announcing the deal on 3 April, Boeing said the agreement also includes options for 32 additional aircraft, and "money for long-lead parts for future orders". The entire contract could be worth $6.8 billion if all options are exercised, it adds. Of the 17 aircraft, 11 will go to the US Navy, four to the Royal Australian Air Force, and two to the UK Royal Air Force. This pair will be the first examples from a nine-jet order, and will be delivered in 2019.

    Based on a 737-800 airliner with wings from the -900ER, the P-8A is designed for a range of maritime missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

    Flight Fleets Analyzer shows there are 68 of the type in current service. The USN is lead operator, with 58 examples operational, while Australia has received its first two P-8As and the Indian navy eight P-8Is.

    Separately, Norway's defence ministry in late March announced that it has signed a contract with the USA for five P-8As to replace its air force fleets of Lockheed Martin P-3C/N Orion maritime patrol aircraft and Dassault Falcon 20 business jets adapted for electronic warfare duties. Deliveries will be made between 2022 and 2023, it adds, with the acquisition worth around NKr10 billion ($1.16 billion).
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    Post  PapaDragon Tue Apr 04, 2017 10:38 pm


    Fact that 2/3 of US military budget goes to navy tells you how insanely expensive it is to be naval power.
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    Post  max steel Wed Apr 05, 2017 1:26 am

    When your job is to meddle everywhere then one need large number of maritime patrol aircraft's.
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    Post  George1 Thu May 25, 2017 2:32 am

    US Navy Orders High-Tech Upgrades for Hawkeye Maritime Surveillance Aircraft
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    Post  JohninMK Sat Jun 17, 2017 1:09 am

    Taking water and listing. Courts marshals in 1 2 3

    The USS Fitzgerald, a guided missile destroyer, collided with a merchant vessel southwest of Yokosuka, Japan, the U.S. Navy said in a statement on Friday afternoon. The crash happened at approximately 2:30 a.m. local time on June 17, and the Navy requested Japan's Coast Guard's assistance.

    The Navy said the Fitzgerald collided with a merchant vessel 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka and the extent of injuries to U.S. personnel "is being determined." It added that the Navy had requested the assistance of the Japanese Coast Guard.

    According to Reuters, Japan's NHK public television website reported that the commercial vessel is a Philippines container ship and that the destroyer had suffered some flooding and was "unable to operate".



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    Post  JohninMK Sat Jun 17, 2017 11:53 am

    This collision is starting to look really strange. This is the link to the container vessel's track from the main link.



    http://www.vesselofinterest.com/2017/06/mapping-acx-crystals-collision-with-uss.html

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    video footage, what a mess

    https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170617_11/

    She is now safe in port and they are out looking for seven missing crew members

    EDIT

    It looks as the container ship may have circled after the collision rather than before so I have changed my original comment. The rules of the sea say that the US ship should have yielded to the container ship as it was on its starboard. The destroyer seems to have only completed a $21M refurb in Feb and the Captain only took over last month. He may be in hospital atm but this must be it for him, nothing bigger than a rowing boat in the future.

    Another link http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/11628/destroyer-uss-fitzgerald-badly-damaged-after-collision-with-merchant-vessel

    This is from that link, note the sailors with heads in hands. In a photo of the container ship lower down it looks as if the impact might have bent the shaft of its anchor.

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    Post  Hannibal Barca Sat Jun 17, 2017 3:48 pm

    This failed pariah state can't stop causing problems around the globe.
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    Post  JohninMK Sat Jun 17, 2017 8:33 pm

    From an updated previous link.

    This seems plausible, my highlight


    From a discussion with JJ I think the UTC/JST conversion may have been messed up, or the reported time by the US Navy and Japanese Coast Guard was not representative of the time of the collision, only when the collision was reported. I doubt anyone in the US military would mix up time zones, since they're very accurate regarding time. The US Navy press release reports the incident happened at 2:30am "LOCAL TIME", which is Japan Standard Time or JST, and which is UTC+9. The AIS data I scraped from MarineTraffic.com shows accurate to-the-second (or less) data, so that is what I can rely on for accuracy. Could the ACX Crystal have hit the USS Fitzgerald at full speed just before 16:30Z, rather than ~17:30Z as the US Navy said in their press release? I think so. With that in mind, watch the video again. Did the ACX Crystal strike the USS Fitzgerald while on a 70 degree course before 16:30Z, then while on autopilot, correct itself after the USS Fitzgerald was knocked free? If so, it took another hour for the crew to figure out what happened, turn the ACX Crystal around, and return to the USS Fitzgerald - it's unclear if they even knew what they struck. JJ suggested maybe the time the accident was called in was ~2:30am JST, but the strike had happened earlier. This makes significant sense to me, and explains the "U turn" they performed, especially if you realize the impact was one hour earlier.

    http://www.vesselofinterest.com/2017/06/mapping-acx-crystals-collision-with-uss.html?m=1
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    Post  GarryB Sun Jun 18, 2017 7:09 am

    But hang on... the US Navy is the number one navy in the world and would have spotted that ship before it left port... they must have wanted to collide with it...

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